'Roadhorse' visits Kimba ahead of Nullarbor trek

TRAVELLERS: Stef Gebbie with Micky (left) and Mr Richard (right).
TRAVELLERS: Stef Gebbie with Micky (left) and Mr Richard (right).

Crossing the Nullarbor by car is a significant journey for most, but a visitor to Kimba is preparing to make the trip on horseback.

Tasmanian tour guide Stef Gebbie is travelling from one side of the country to the other with her two horses, Micky and Mr Richard.

Starting at the mouth of the Snowy River, Ms Gebbie and her horses have spent about four months wandering through Victoria and South Australia on the way to the Margaret River in Western Australia.

Known as the town halfway across Australia, Kimba is a frequent stop for people crossing the country for a variety of awareness and fundraising causes, but Ms Gebbie said she simply decided to make the trek for fun while her eldest horse could still join her.

"I've always wanted to do a big horse trip with Mr Richard," she said.

Mr Richard is 17, and alternates carrying the pack and Ms Gebbie with three-year-old Micky.

Ms Gebbie said she originally wanted to follow the Bicentennial National Trail, a popular horseback route from Cooktown to Healesville.

However, with feed scarce along the trail due to widespread drought across the eastern states, she decided to do something different.

"If there's a drought, I might as well cross the desert," she said.

She said she was enjoying the lack of structure without designated resting points or time frames.

"When you're just making your own route, there's a lot of freedom."

Ms Gebbie and her horses spent the weekend at the Kimba Pony Club after a difficult trip from Port Augusta in heavy winds.

With the wind making it difficult for the horses to hear approaching road trains, Ms Gebbie said she spent much of the trip "bashing through scrub" to stay off the road.

She said she had been contacted ahead of time by Kimba locals welcoming her to the town, and it was great to be made to feel welcome and find the pony club fridge stocked with food when she arrived.

"It's been absolutely incredible," she said.

"It can be a bit daunting to ride into a town you don't know.

"Everyone in South Australia has been so nice, there's been a real community network."

The trip across the Nullarbor will take about two to three months, with a friend visiting to provide support for the most remote part of the journey.

Ms Gebbie said she liked to mentally prepare herself for small segments rather than think about the long journey ahead.

"I'm only thinking of here to Ceduna... that's the only way to wrap your head around it," she said.

Ms Gebbie, Micky and Mr Richard will continue their journey on Monday, which can be followed on the Roadhorse Facebook page.